Tateki Matsuda will make his Octagon debut on Sept 5. | Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com
Chris Beal has yet another opponent at UFC Fight Night “Mousasi vs. Jacare 2.”
After injuries to Ian Entwistle and Rob Font left Beal and Dustin Kimura without matchups for the Sept. 5 card, the two bantamweights agreed to face each other. Now, Kimura is injured, and Beal will square off with Tateki Matsuda instead. The UFC announced the change on Friday.
UFC Fight Night “Mousasi vs. Jacare 2” takes place at Foxwoods Casino Resort in Ledyard, Conn., and is headlined by a middleweight bout between Gegard Mousasi and Ronaldo Souza. The event, which goes head-to-head with Bellator 123 that same night, also includes a heavyweight clash pitting Alistair Overeem against Ben Rothwell.
A loser on the preliminary round of “The Ultimate Fighter 14,” Matsuda has posted consecutive wins under the Classic Entertainment and Sports MMA banner. Most recently, the Team Sityodtong representative submitted Robbie Leroux with a rear-naked choke in the first round at CES MMA 25.
Beal, meanwhile, is 9-0 as a professional, including a flying knee knockout of Patrick Williams at UFC 172. The 29-year-old Knuckleheadz Boxing product has competed for the BAMMA USA organization for the majority of his career.